Mission: To defend the right to hear and speak the truth through strategy, training, funding and litigation.
Programs: Direct litigationalliance defending freedom (adf) defends human and civil rights, secured by law, through direct litigation from our headquarters office in arizona, regional offices throughout the u. S. , and international offices. Religious freedom, equal access, parental rights, sanctity of life, rights of conscience, human rights and family values are at the core of these cases. Adf also provides funding to third parties for grants for litigation. Adf's litigation team provides the coordination and the means to advocate for the concerns of multiple individuals and groups, thus providing a more efficient process within the u. S. Judicial system, and international legal systems. Monthly public requests for legal and litigation assistance continue to escalate, indicating an overwhelming need for this service from the public.
public educationto educate the public concerning the defense of religious freedom, the sanctity of human life and family values. Adf provides printed materials, social media, audio, video, radio, internet and personal appearances. Public education is furthered through adf's legal academy (formerly national litigation academy). Through this program, practicing attorneys and other professionals are provided intense legal training on religious freedom, rights of conscience, equal access, parental rights and family values. Participating attorneys pledge to perform 450 hours of pro bono legal work on issues related to their training. To date, over 1,760 attorneys have completed this program. This commitment provides millions of dollars of legal service to local communities, far in excess of the program cost. Most state bars accredit the adf legal academy for continuing legal education credit. Public education is furthered through adfs academy. Ministry partners, allied groups, pastors, and business entrepreneurs are provided training on religious freedom, rights of conscience, equal access, parental rights and family values. Adf's blackstone legal fellowship program provides legal education to first year law students, with a distinct christian world view. Adf awards these participating students summer scholarships and volunteer internships in the u. S. And internationally during the summer months. Students also attend prominent guest lectures and complete specific course work during the program. To date the program has graduated over 1,500 legal students. Adf's training programs include collegiate academy and legal webinars. Additional public education is provided through daily email alerts, social media updates, newsletters and radio and television shows. At adf, we request that ministry partners remember our activities in prayer. We provide information to assist our donors in praying intelligently, specifically and with purpose. Examples of these materials include, but are certainly not limited to, the framers' original intent for the u. S. Constitution and bill of rights as it reflects god's natural law and god's higher law; we inform the public about those entities that seek to re-direct and pervert the constitution's original purpose and intent; international challenges to religious freedom, examples of real-life situations and actual court cases where justice and civil liberties have been thwarted; specific court cases where adf's involvement has helped obtain justice; and other strategies for reclaiming the judicial system as it was originally envisioned and intended. Adf's public education and communication program further serves the public as a primary medium to bring cases to adf's attention. Adf donors and the general public are adf's primary referral source for cases and legal needs.
allied support and trainingalliance defending freedom (adf) continues to build alliances with religious and secular organizations who share common purposes and concerns with adf. Adf works with our allies to develop effective approaches to legal cases that could result in important state, federal and u. S. Supreme court and international court precedents. A typical example is found in restoring free speech rights for pro-life advocates, in which the case was litigated by an allied attorney through to the u. S. Supreme court. Adf's alliance has been on the leading edge of this effort.
grants and fundingthe alliance defending freedom, inc. (adf) continues to fulfill its mission by providing grant funding for legal cases and programs which advocate or defend religious freedom, sanctity of human life and family values. Grant funding covers expenses for litigation, education and training. Grants are reviewed and recommended by an independent grants and review committee, which is comprised of expert attorneys who volunteer their time to adf for this purpose. Under the current board policy, no grant is awarded until it is fully funded and set aside in self-designated accounts. Grant disbursements are made upon performance and per the terms of the grant contract, and they typically span several years. Adf has issued in excess of 2,700 grants.